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BURGUNDY       La Belle Epoque       8 Passengers



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The 8 passenger Hirondelle, cruises some of the most tranquil and beautiful waterways in all of Europe. The large windows, well above the water line, and the sun-deck on the top deck of the boat makes it easy for you to enjoy the passing scenery en route. The entire interior is air conditioned including the four en-suite staterooms. One of the staterooms has a double bed and the other three have twin beds. There are four crew on board including a captain, chef, tour guide and housekeeper.

Cruise Highlights

Cuisine Aboard

  • Visit the Abbaye de Fontenay, a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Wine tasting of Chablis wines at Saint Bris de Vineaux in the Bersan cellars

  • Visit the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film 'Chocolat'

  • Visit to Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy

  • Visit to the 18th century Forges de Buffon

  • Gastronomic dinner ashore

  • Optional Hot Air Ballooning

Regional Specialities

Filet d'Agneau au Basilic, Magret de Canard, Poulet à L'Estragon

Wine Cellar

Chablis, Vosne Romanée, Domaine Laroche,
Nuit St-Georges, Epineuil

Cheese Board

Aisy Cendré, Bouton de Culotte, Epoisses, Ami du Chambertin


Itinerary:   Tanlay to Venarey les Laumes

Sunday, Day 1 Montbard to Tanlay

Guests are met at the Montbard TGV station at 18.04 or Hotel Ecu in Montbard at 18.30 if you have stayed there pre cruise, and transferred to the barge moored in Tanlay. A full crew Welcome Aboard with Champagne and canapés. After time to settle into your cabin you will enjoy your first dinner aboard and introduction to Burgundy’s excellent cuisine.

Monday, Day 2 Tanlay to Lezinne

Wake to the aromas of ground coffee and French patisseries, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning cruise to Lezinne past the vineyards of Epineuil. After lunch we visit the 16th century Renaissance-style Chateau de Tanlay, nestling serenely within this picturesque village and also the 18th century Fosse Dionne. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 Lezinne to Ancy le Franc

After breakfast enjoy a lazy cruise up to Ancy le Franc with plenty of opportunity to wander or cycle ahead as the vessel ascends through the locks towards the beautiful 16th century Renaissance palace and gardens of Chateau d’Ancy le Franc. Lunch in Chablis at a local auberge and then visit the vineyards and town of Chablis, dating back to Roman times. We enjoy a private wine tasting at the Domaine Servan renowned for its Premier and Grand Cru wines popularized by Alexis Lichine in the 1950’s. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4 Ancy le Franc to Ravieres

Morning visit to medieval Noyers sur Serein to admire the local produce, colours and delights of the wonderful market, or to wander the town ramparts in this, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We return to the barge and enjoy a gentle afternoon cruise past grazing Charolais cattle to Ravieres followed by a visit to the 16th century Renaissance palace and gardens of Chateau d’Ancy le Franc. Dinner aboard.

Thursday, Day 5 Ravieres to Montbard

Morning cruise, with excellent walking and cycling opportunities, to Montbard passing the Forges de Buffon. After lunch, we escort you to the exquisite World Heritage Unesco site of Abbayé de Fontenay founded by St Bernard in 1118. Representing a distinctive example of early Cistercian architecture and virtually intact, Fontenay allows an exceptional glimpse of early Cistercian life and industry with its peaceful gardens and ponds and fascinating cloisters, dormitories and scriptorium. Dinner aboard.

Friday, Day 6 Montbard to Venarey les Laumes

Morning cruise through woodlands and rolling fields, with great towpath biking and walking opportunities, past the tiny canalside villages of Nogent, Courcelles and Les Granges. This afternoon we enjoy a stroll around the hilltop village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, where the film ‘Chocolat’ was located. On the way from the summit of Mt Auxois, we look at Alesia, the last battle site between the Gaulles and Romans that took place in 52 BC. Also time to enjoy the town of Semur-en-Auxois. Captain’s Farewell Dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7 Venarey les Laumes to Montbard

After breakfast, disembark the barge and transfer to Montbard railway station by 11am.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


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* Prices per person twin share in Australian Dollar

Accommodation Value Rate Regular Rate

Junior Suite per person

5,327 AUD

6,329 AUD

Suite per person

5,494 AUD 6,496 AUD

Single supplement

1,921 AUD

2,255 AUD

Single cabin

5,929 AUD

6,764 AUD

Charter12 passengers whole boat

60,454 AUD

69,305 AUD

Price includes: Transfer to the barge from the meeting point on Sunday, 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool, and transfer back to the drop off point the following Saturday morning.

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Departure Dates (Sunday)
Rate Cruise Route
April 1 Value Burgundy
April 8, 15 Value Burgundy
April 22, 29 Value Burgundy
May 6, 13, 20, 27 Regular Burgundy
June 3, 10, 17, 24 Regular Burgundy
July 1, 8 Regular Burgundy
July 15, 22, 29 Value Burgundy
August 5, 12, 19 Value Burgundy
August 26 Regular Burgundy
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Regular Burgundy
October 7, 14, 21 Value Burgundy
October 28 Value Burgundy

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